October 6, 2022

There are boatloads of fun nail trends happening in the beauty world right now: mismatched shades on every finger, primary colours, neons. But what if your goal isn’t necessarily to look trendy or “fun,” but to look, dare we say, expensive? Playful nails aren’t always the move, especially if you’re going to a job interview or black-tie affair or if you’re simply trying to dress more sophisticated. What’s cool about nail polish is that it’s a really simple, affordable way to elevate your outfit—and just as effective at making you look more polished as a new cult bag, velvet hair band or any other elegant accessory.

Whenever I want to look more adult (“richer,” if you will), I’ve come to rely on the following nine shades. Just because they look expensive doesn’t mean they’re boring. These nail polish colours are just as cool as your funky brights. They just happen to make your outfit look like it cost twice as much. Keep scrolling for the unique blues, greens, neutrals and more that will instantly upgrade any outfit.

1. Turmeric

Expensive Looking Nail Colours: J. Hannah Tangerine

Wearing just a glittery topcoat, with no foundational colour underneath, creates the impression of high-end crystal nail art. You can also apply nail glitter on top of a clear base coat for an even sparklier result. 

Nails Inc. Be Merry & Bright Light Up Nail Polish
Nails Inc.
Be Merry & Bright Light Up Nail Polish
£15
£10

A glitter nail topper looks just as good on bare nails as it does on colour.

OPI Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in Confetti Ready
OPI
Infinite Shine Long-Wear Nail Polish in Confetti Ready
£16
£12

Look for chunky glitter to add sparkle to your nails.

Next up, the 20 best-selling Essie nail colours of all time—that you can still buy.